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Belle Isle Castle & Private Island, Bridge House

Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, Belle Isle is a 470-acre estate spread over eight picturesque island and offers a wide range of attractive self-catering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

En-suite bedroom with two single beds at the Bridge House, Belle Isle/
Kitchen at the Bridge House, Belle Isle/
En-suite bedroom with double bed at the Bridge House, Belle Isle/
Boats moored at the bottom of the garden at the Bridge House, Belle Isle/
Dining room at the Bridge House, Belle Isle/
Living room with feature log burner at the Bridge House, Belle Isle/

Belle Isle Bridge House on Lough Erne in Fermanagh was originally built for the ferryman who rowed passengers to the island before the bridge was constructed. It is surrounded by woodland and sits on the bank of the lake. This is an ideal self-catering property for the serious angler.

Downstairs you will find a kitchen, dining room and drawing room. Upstairs there is a master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom plus a twin bedded room with en-suite shower room. There is also a bait fridge, picnic table, barbecue and mooring for small boats.

Belle Isle offers some of the best boat and bank angling in Europe. Catches of 200 pounds of bream are common, roach can be caught every cast, and one party of four reeled in more than 70 pike in less than two days, with the biggest nearly 30 pounds. Belle Isle guests enjoy a combination of river-style, small, and large lough fishing at their doorstep. There’s also a great deal of bank available for static bait fishing or wandering with a spinning rod. Pike come readily to all techniques: fly, jerk baits, lures, and traditional methods. This is tremendous ‘doubles’ water. A two-minute walk puts you in legendary bream swims that can be exclusively reserved. Bream here aren’t shy, so there’s no need to fish lightly. Feeder fishing is the most successful method, along with float fishing, which can be great fun once the fish have moved into the swims. With so many bream, the action can be fast and furious.

"Belle Isle is a perfect location for exploring the pike fishing potential on the Lakelands. My view is it’s a Pike Heaven. A wide range of fish sizes from small jacks right through the weight system to who knows what. Without any doubt, there are 40 pounders to be caught and released. As a lifelong Pike expert I look upon the Lough Erne System as a great adventure, such a vast expanse of water perfectly suited to Pike, every day is an adventure, you never know what size of Pike you might hook next. I look forward with relish to my next trip to this scenic Pike fishing wonderland."
Gord Burton, Professional Predator Angler (the Piking Pirate)

"Roach and hybrids are prolific around the bridges on the River Erne where it flows out of the Lakelands. They seem to like the oxygenated water! However there are numerous bays and islands to explore, and a boat hired from Belle Isle provides access to some exclusive coarse fishing. Gord Burton, legendary Pike Angler, pointed out a number of vast shoals of coarse fish he spotted on his echo sounder and we pre-baited a swim of 22 feet in depth for top coarse/match angler Baz Smith. Following his instructions, we pre-baited with stewed wheat for 2 days. Baz arrived at the swim full of excitement on a really warm overcast day with rising water temperatures. He fished for 90 minutes without a bite. Being the expert he is, Baz decided to move about 30 yards up the lakeshore where the depth shallowed off to 15ft. Feeding steadily he proceeded to catch quality roach, hybrids and bream for the rest of the day. Obviously in warm weather these coarse fish preferred shallower water. We learned our lesson, next time we would pre-bait different depth swims as a precaution. Fish will only feed where conditions suit them. The difference between catching and not was purely down to depth".
Martin J Founds

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LOW SEASON - Ferry & 7 nights self-catering

Car and 4 - £219 per person; Car and 3 - £279 per person; Car and 2 - £397 per person

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